Frequently Asked Questions


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How many students are admitted per semester?

Each term is slightly different depending on the cohorts that we are admitting and based upon our clinical arrangements. Generally, 24 students are admitted every fall, spring, and summer. Special evening and weekend cohorts are offered at different intervals. Generally, an additional 16 students are admitted to these special cohorts each Fall.

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How do I know what transfers?

As of June 1st, 2016, students must apply to the University Admissions to receive a full transcript evaluation.

  • Prospective students can visit Kent State's Transfer Center and utilize the Transfer Credit Guide
  • Prospective applicants should apply to Kent State University as a post-undergraduate, degree-seeking student at and send official transcripts to Kent State Admissions. The Transfer Center will conduct an official evaluation of all transfer credits.

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How and when do I apply to Kent State?

Ideally, you will want to apply at least one semester prior to when you want to start at Kent State. You should apply to the University prior to completing the Accelerated application. Applications to Kent State are available at  

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How and when do I apply to the Accelerated sequence?

We require that you already have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and have completed the science prerequisites and college algebra prior to the program start date. You will first need to apply and get accepted to the university. The accelerated sequence application is online, and is available:

  • Fall: April 1-June 1
  • Spring: July 1-September 1
  • Summer: December 1-February 1
    • Kent State College of Nursing will be offering a new streamlined Accelerated BSN curriculum plan in fall 2017. As a result, we will not be admitting an Accelerated BSN summer 2017 cohort. We will make every effort to admit as many students as possible to the fall 2017 and spring 2018 cohorts to accommodate students who hoped to join the summer cohort.

Learn more about the application process

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What are the prerequisites?

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and a minimum Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 (average of all regionally accredited, collegiate coursework). In order to begin the Accelerated sequence, students must have completed the following courses with a minimum grade of C:

  • BSCI 21010: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BSCI 21020: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BSCI 20021: Microbiology
  • CHEM 10055: Molecules of Life
  • College-level Algebra

In addition to these particular courses, applicants must have and a minimum Science GPA of a 2.75 (A&PI, A&PII, Micro and chem) to be considered. Students who are in the process of completing these prerequisites may apply for the program so long as they will be completed before the program begins. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission. 


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Can I be enrolled in the prerequisite courses when I apply to KSU/Accelerated sequence?

Yes, you can - as long as you will be finished with your prerequisites prior your intended program start date. Preference is given to students who have completed the prerequisites at the time of application, but all applicants who will have the prerequisites completed before classes begin and who have the appropriate GPA (2.75) will be considered. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.

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What courses in the curriculum, if any, can I take before being enrolled in the sequence?

Please note that no clinical courses can be completed prior to the start of the Accelerated sequence. However, the following non-clinical courses can be completed in addition to the prerequisites:

  • PSYC 11762: General Psychology
  • SOC 12050: Introduction to Sociology
  • Domestic and Global Diversity Requirement
  • NURS 20950: Human Growth and Development (Prerequisites: PSYC 11762)
  • NUTR 23511: Science of Human Nutrition
  • BSCI 30050: Human Genetics (Prerequisites: BSCI 21010, BSCI 21020, BSCI 20021, CHEM 10050)
  • Statistics

Preference is given to students who have completed and/or are in-progress with the latter four of this list (Nursing Major Requirements) at the time of application. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.

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Who can references come from? How many do I need?

You will need two references. These can come from professors, teachers, clergymen, or employers. Recommendations forms are emailed directly to the references once the student's application is submitted. All recommendations are due by the application deadline in order to be considered. Students who re-apply must obtain new recommendations.

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How competitive is the sequence and how many people apply?

The sequence is very competitive. There are generally 100 - 125 applications per admission cycle. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to gather further specifics. 

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What GPA do I need to be competitive?

The average GPA is a 3.5 for acceptance. (This means that we have accepted higher and lower). Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission and what it takes to be competitive for admission. 

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Do you offer nights or weekend programming?

Yes, Kent State offers two different cohort sequences for students seeking evening and weekend options: the University Hospitals (Weekend) Cohort and the Summa (Evening/Weekend) cohort on the Kent Campus.

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What is the UH Cohort?

The College of Nursing has partnered with University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland to offer the Accelerated sequence in Cleveland, OH. Students admitted to the UH cohort take a vast majority of their courses at University Hospitals in Cleveland and all clinical courses will be held at a UH facility in the greater Cleveland area. We admit a cohort (five semester option) every fifteen months at UH. The next UH cohort will begin in 2017.

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What is the Summa Cohort?

Similar to the UH Cohort, this cohort admits 20 students once every other year. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-9:00pm at the Kent Campus with clinical on Saturday. Saturday clinicals are held at Summa Health Systems in Akron, OH. Some semesters will also require clinical work on Friday and/or Sunday. The next Summa Cohort (five-semester option) will begin in the Fall of 2016.

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What is the cost of tuition?

Changes occur on a yearly basis, please visit our Tuition & Costs page. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to gather the most up-to-date estimation of the ABSN program’s total cost.

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Can I qualify for student loans or federal/state aid, and does the College of Nursing offer any scholarship?
  1. The most common form of funding is student loans provided by the Federal Government by filling out a FAFSA at This award is up to $10,500 per year for students who have already earned a degree.
  2. Kent State offers a few scholarship opportunities. Learn more about those on our Financial Aid & Scholarships page. In addition, you may wish to seek outside scholarships through the Ohio Board of Nursing and healthcare companies such as Johnson & Johnson.
  3. If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for state or federal grant programs designed for re-educating students. Contact your local One Stop, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Department of Jobs and Family Services for more information.
  4. Some hospitals and other healthcare agencies will provide tuition assistance if the student signs a multi-year contract to work for the agency following graduation. Contact your local and regional agencies.

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Can I have a job while going through the sequence?

Some students have worked while in the sequence, mostly part-time in the evenings or weekends. Students in the Summa cohort or UH cohort can work part-time during the regular work week. It can be done, but we recommend that you focus more on the sequence than work because it is an intensive program. Students who work more than 20 hours a week are less likely to complete the sequence.

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Can I take any courses at other universities while in the sequence?

You may take non-clinical courses at other universities. Once you are admitted to KSU, you will need to complete a Transient form in Student Services to determine if the course(s) will transfer. To verify course equivalencies, please visit the transfer credit guide.

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How long does the sequence take to complete (including/not including prerequisites)?

The Accelerated Nursing Sequence is an extensive program lasting four to five (4-5) consecutive terms in length (not counting prerequisites). Prerequisites generally take two semesters to complete but most student take at least a year to create a competitive application. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission and what it takes to be competitive for admission. 

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Can I complete the Accelerated sequence at a regional campus?

The sequence is offered at the Kent campus only.

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At what hospitals will I be completing clinicals?

You will have hospital based clinicals at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center (formerly Robinson Memorial)Cleveland Clinic FoundationUniversity HospitalsAkron General Medical Center, or Akron City Hospital to name a few. We also work with non-hospital agencies such as Jennings Center for Older AdultsTown Hall II, and Coleman Professional Services to name only a few. We use over 90 clinical sites.

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How many credit hours will I take each semester?

You will be taking classes full-time. Most semesters are at or near 18 credit hours. The sequence curriculum can be found on our website.

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What are the average times of day that classes are offered?

The normal daytime Accelerated classes are offered primarily during the day on weekdays. The UH Cohort takes classes nearly exclusively on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Summa Cohort takes courses 2 nights a week and on Saturdays.

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Do you have any online courses?

Select courses are offered online giving students the opportunity to have both online and traditional learning experiences.

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About how long will I wait before I hear back after applying?

Review of applicants begins immediately following the application due date. Generally, admissions decisions are made 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline. All applicants will be notified via email of their admissions decision.

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Do you have a waiting list?

No, we do not. If you are not accepted for a semester, you will need to reapply for the following semester to be considered again. It is recommended that the student meet with an ABSN academic advisor to discuss how to create a stronger application.

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Can I take more classes so that I can finish the sequence in a shorter amount of time?

No, because nursing courses are offered in a sequence (one is a prerequisite for the next, etc.) the clinical courses are not able to be taken out of order or earlier. Once you are accepted into the sequence, it is four or five semesters, depending on the cohort.

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Does the nursing program at KSU offer any specializations such as forensic nursing?

No, it does not. Instead, we offer a broad amount of clinical experience that will prepare you for such areas as gerontology, pediatrics, etc.

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Do you offer STNA or LPN certification training?

No, we do not.

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